Prompt Design Hacks for Precision AI Artistry


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Guiding Details, Style, and Composition Through Prompts

Leveraging Photographic and Artistic Terminology

When crafting prompts, it helps to think like a photographer or artist to guide the AI more precisely. For instance, photographic framing terminology like “close-up” or “wide angle” can be used to define the composition. For 3D art mockups, you can specify how the piece is to be photographed.

Adjectives often influence multiple aspects of an image. “Art deco style” conveys not just illustration look but also subject clothing, colors, etc. Defining a year, decade or era like “1924” or “late 1990s” has a similar broad effect on the aesthetic.

Even super specific details can impart more general associations. A camera/lens like “Sigma 75mm” doesn’t just recreate that exact equipment, but more broadly signals a professional, high-quality photo style.

If you’re struggling to nail a certain style, try “doubling down” on relevant terms as if giving the AI multiple reminders. Rather than just “in the style of Picasso”, try “Cubist painting by Pablo Picasso, 1934, colourful geometric work of Cubism, reminiscent of ‘Two Girls Reading.'”

You can also “unbundle” by defining individual style aspects like “Flat, two-dimensional Cubist style painting with muted blue and beige geometric shapes and textures in the manner of Picasso.” Specifying lighting styles, palette, composition, mediums, etc. individually can help tease apart an elusive overall aesthetic.

With practice, you’ll learn which descriptive prompt elements have cascading effects, and how to guide both precise details and overall style through thoughtful prompt engineering. The AI leverages all context provided to recreate what you describe.